Energize Awards

Energize Awards 2016 – Short listed nominees  announced

Shropshire’s annual Energize community sports awards celebrate their 10th anniversary this year – and the list of those who have been short listed to receive an award can now be revealed.

The Energize Awards recognise all those involved in grass-roots sport or physical activity in Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin – from teams and individuals to the volunteers and coaches who keep groups and clubs alive.

To mark the 10th anniversary, this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet. Telford’s International Centre will host the glittering finals night on November 3 when Britain’s legendary ski-jumper, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards will be the guest of honour.

The awards are a fantastic opportunity for local people and organisations to be recognised and celebrated for their passion, dedication and commitment to sport and physical activity.

The awards are run by local county sports partnership Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, in conjunction with the Shropshire Star, Rybrook Shrewsbury BMW, and Yarrington.


Coach of the Year

  • Alan Bircher
  • John Donegan
  • Penny McCann

Volunteer of the Year

  • Andy Crozier
  • Oliver Griffiths
  • Derek Gwilt

Young Volunteer of the Year

  • Sam Heenan
  • Ethan Lowe
  • Anna Overton

Sports Performance of the Year – sponsored by Telford College of Arts & Technology

  • Nick Beighton
  • John Walker
  • Claire Martin

Junior Sports Performance of the Year – Sponsored by Teme Leisure

  • Gabriel Adams
  • Freya Anderson
  • Adam Summers

Community Club of the Year – Sponsored by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust

  • Ellesmere College Titans Swimming Club
  • Lawley Running Club
  • Newport Cycling Club

Active Primary School of the Year *NEW*

  • St Laurence’s Primary School
  • Stottesdon CofE School
  • Worfield Endowed CofE School

Active Secondary School of the Year *NEW* – Sponsored by Barclays PLC

  • Idsall School
  • Lacon Childe School
  • Southall Special School

Community Project of the Year – Sponsored By Pleydell Smithyman Ltd

  • Be Active
  • Newport Shropshire Breeze Cycling
  • Swimming After Surgery

Power of Sport Award – In Partnership with BBC Radio Shropshire

  • Darren Ford

Employer of the Year

  • J&PR

William Penny Brookes Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity – In Partnership with Wenlock Olympian Society

  • Jane Barker

Chris Child, Chief Executive for Energize STW said: “The Energize awards have become firmly established over the past decade as the ‘Oscars’ of community sport in our area, and have grown steadily every year.

“Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin are home to a number of very talented sports people who deserve recognition for their achievements.

“However, there is also excellent work happening behind the scenes to help people to be more active, regardless of their background or ability, and the Energize Awards are an opportunity to recognise and thank the people who are contributing to this as well.

The Energize Awards have attracted top-name speakers over the past decade, including Olympians Steve Backley, Mark Foster, Tessa Sanderson and Katherine Merry, England football hero Peter Shilton, cricket legend Graham Gooch, and rugby world cup winner Neil Back.

This year it’s the turn of Eddie Edwards – whose incredible ski jumping story at the Calgary Winter Olympics has featured this year in the Hollywood hit movie, Eddie The Eagle.

Tamsin Foster said: “We’re delighted to have secured Eddie Edwards as our guest of honour – grass-roots sports people across Shropshire will relate to his never-say-die attitude, and determination to succeed without the help of sponsorship or funding. We’d also like to thank Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre for sponsoring Eddie’s appearance.”

The Energize Awards 2016 will take place on Thursday 3rd November at the Telford International Centre and tickets will go on sale at the end of September.

There is still an opportunity for local businesses to get involved – to find out about sponsorship and advertising packages or corporate tables, call Energize marketing and communications manager Tamsin Foster on 01743 297191 or email tamsin.foster@energizestw.org.uk


The Energize Awards mark what we hope will be a long tradition of rewarding local people and organisations who have achieved in the world of sport and physical activity.

County’s Sporting Heroes Celebrated

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin’s sporting heroes were celebrated for their efforts on Thursday 5th November at the ninth annual Energize Awards 2015.

The awards, organised by Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, took place at the Greenhous Meadow, home of Shrewsbury Town Football Club, and were attended by people, clubs and organisations from across the county.

Former England and British and Irish Lions rugby star, Neil Back MBE handed out the awards after entertaining the guests with the story of his own successful career.

The winners on the night in the 10 different categories were:

  • Coach of the Year – Louise Pugh from Shrewsbury (Quatt Cricket Club)
  • Volunteer of the Year  – Chris Hinks from Telford (Tennis Shropshire)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by TTC Group) – Shannon Noon from Telford (Dawley Re-active)
  • Sports Performance of the Year (Sponsored by TCAT) – Ashley Chesters from Wem (Golf)
  • Junior Sports Performance of the Year (sponsored by Teme Leisure) – Emily Price from Ashford Carbonel (Golf)
  • Community Club of the Year (sponsored by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust)  – Bridgnorth RFC
  • Community Project of the Year (sponsored by Pleydell Smithyman Ltd)Tackle Your Health
  • Employer of the Year (sponsored by University Centre Shrewsbury) – The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  • Newcomer of the Year (in partnership with BBC Radio Shropshire) – Jack Dirkin from Telford (Golf)
  • William Penny Brookes Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity (in partnership with Wenlock Olympian Society) – Ken Jones from Dudleston Heath (Dudleston Heath FC)

Chris Child, Chief Executive for Energize STW commented,

“Congratulations to all of the people who won and were nominated for an Energize Award.  It is a pleasure to be able to recognise the people, clubs and organisations that are doing such good work in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.  Without people like them, and indeed all those for whom we received nominations, there would be fewer opportunities for people to lead active lives.

“I would also like to thank everyone who nominated this year.  The standard of the nominees was exceptionally high and reducing the numbers down to three for each category was very difficult.  Although we can only acknowledge a small percentage of the people working or volunteering in sport and physical activity at the Energize Awards, we know that there are many people out there doing fantastic work. ”

School Sport was also celebrated at the awards.  Six local schools / school workers were recognised for their commitment to school sport; Lilleshall primary School, Worfield Primary School, Short Wood Primary School, Julie Dean (Sports Co-ordinator at Longden CE School), Stottesdon Primary School, and Alison Coles (Key Worker at Prees CE Primary School).

To see pictures from the Energize Awards 2015 please visit www.energizeawards.co.uk


Support the 10th annual Energize Awards in 2016

Planning is already underway for a special 10th annual Energize Awards in 2016.

We could not recognise the fantastic local people who work so hard to help others become more active without the support of our sponsors, who make this event possible.

If you think are interested in supporting the Awards through sponsorship or other in kind donations and would like more information please contact Tamsin Foster: tamsin.foster@energizestw.org.uk or call 01743 297191.

Our thanks to our current Energize Awards sponsors in 2015: